Sometimes I forget..

April 15, 2012 · 9 comments

Where I live, we have a 928 year old cathedral, the current building was started in 1083.  Because it’s such a fixture of our town and I go past it so often I don’t really forget it’s there but you stop appreciating it’s age and of all the buildings around it.  All the buildings around it are still used, people live and work in them they aren’t museum pieces but living breathing buildings, which does make you forget they are so old.

Yesterday I was standing in the high street, waiting for the family to come out of a shop and I noticed this little plaque which I’d never noticed before.  It was on the wall next to archway that leads to the back of the Cathedral. I always think of that bit as being fairly modern, there are shops and small houses in it, but it turns out not so much.

Is there anything really old in your town, that you’ve never noticed before?

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Debs April 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Wow ! I know I say age is just a number ……………but wow that is a old! How nice it’s still being used & enjoyed . I am going to have to look locally & see what I can spot from a by gonw age .

I went to Highclere castle today, that’s not only still a family house, but preserving history, and famous today , for Downton Abbey .


Liz April 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Oh I bet Highclere is beautiful – did you take photos? Look forward to seeing what you spot locally as it’s my old stomping ground :)
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Aly April 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Last year I took my kids around all the old buildings in our and pointed out all the plaques that describe what the building used to be or used for.We ended up going to the local heritage museum to see what else we could find out.The kids came away that day with a lot more knowledge about where they live and it was free.
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Liz April 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

That’s brilliant! Ours is a small charge but it’s next to nothing – good thinking I must take L there next week. Thanks for the idea Aly x
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Suki-Lou April 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

apart from the husband you mean? ;)


Liz April 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Ohhh I’m so telling him ;) Miss you!! x
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Liz April 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Ooops just realised you meant your husband and not mine – LOL! xx
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teresa April 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I love the spirit that old buildings bring to a town….and in Europe it is the best….if a building is old in my area it is usually from 1856 or something=) young compared to your town.
Thanks for sharing
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mum of all trades May 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

That is very old indeed. As you say we quite often don’t give to much thought to the ancient things around us. My friends from the USA are always in awe when they come to Ireland and see how old stuff is. I’m like oh yeah that old thing!
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